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Whidbey Photo

Creative Portraiture

Creating portraits that go beyond the standard headshot to portray your unique passions and personality. A collaborative process involving a concept with clothes and accessories, lighting, background, and instant feedback with a tethered laptop to the camera. Creator of the Whidbey Beard Project.


Regular hours:

Text or call to schedule your shoot.


4876 Settlers Lane, Freeland, WA, 98249

Driving directions:

Go out of Mainstreet in Freeland on East Harbor Road. Right turn on Goodell Road, then first left on Settlers Lane (a gravel road). First left on 4876, the property with the pond out front (which is dry by the end of the summer), and the row of poplars lining the driveway. Studio is the building behind the carport.
Phone: 303-396-3818
Mike Holtby
Whidbey Photo
Mike Holtby has been to 46 countries and photographed people in all of them. His particular interest is indigenous cultures, and in 2019 he was part of an NGO team sponsored by Nikon which documented the Hadzabe tribe, the last hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. He also attended the secret initiation of young men into the spirit house of a remote village in Papua New Guinea. His other primary focus has been wildlife and he has been to Africa a number of times. His photographs are displayed in the Denver International Airport, a children’s text book, magazine & book covers, calendars, posters and a national ad campaign. His blog has several thousand followers and one of his videos has gone viral on YouTube. He attended the Colorado Institute of Art in commercial photography in 1981- 82. His “day job” was 37 years as a private practice psychotherapist. He retired in 2014, and has devoted himself full time to photography since. He built a large studio & gallery on his property in Freeland, Washington. He is the creator of the Whidbey Beard Project which is being printed as a coffee table photo book. His website is, and there you will find links to his blog, and published videos. His skills are available for professional headshots, portraiture and product photography - even for the clean shaven client